Habibganj parking charges revised

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Feb 2018 11:32:53

Staff Reporter,

Following hue and cry for the higher parking charges by passengers at Habibganj Railway Station, Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) has finally revised the fare on Saturday.As per new parking charges released by IRSDC, cycles would be charged Rs 5 up to 12 hours, including MST holders. For two-wheelers, charges would be Rs 10 for 15 minutes to 2 hours and Rs 15 after first two hours and monthly passes would be Rs 4,000 and MST holders Rs 995. For four-wheelers parking charges would be Rs 20 for first two hours and after that they would be charges Rs 40.

Monthly pass for four-wheelers would be Rs 12,000 and for MST holders it would be Rs 5990. Earlier, two days before Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Shobhan Chaudhury wrote a letter to the IRSDC. He urged corporation to reduce the charges as passengers are suffering. According to contractors, every day about 2,000 vehicles were being parked in both side of the parking but now after increasing the fare, hardly 200 vehicles are being parked. People moving out from outside of city are avoiding their vehicle parking while they re parking their vehicle outside of station. However, company officials said that they are earning profit even after reducing number of vehicles.

Earlier, parking rates released by Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) were Rs 5 for cycle for 6 to 24 hours while old price was Rs 2 per day. Price for bike was Rs 15, Rs 20 and Rs 995 for two wheelers up to 12 hours, 24 hours and monthly respectively. For four-wheeler parking prices were Rs 40, Rs 50 and Rs 5,999 for 12 hours, 48 hours and monthly respectively.Former minister Babulal Gaur had also written a letter to railway officials regarding the issue. He requested officers to reduce the parking charges for welfare of passengers. Passengers said higher parking charges are costing more price than any other private parking slots in city. Passengers boarding a train from nearby districts are facing burden of heavy parking fee as in many cases rent of a room set in city is far cheaper than the monthly parking fees at Habibganj railway station. 

Several protest and demonstration were already staged at station regarding the issue. Congress workers have even burnt the effigy of Railway Minister three days back and threatened to start ‘Rail Roko Andolan’ from March 1. They also submitted memorandum to the railway officials and demanded to reduce the rate within month. However, railway officials said that the station is being redeveloped by the private contractor Bansal Pathway and they are handling the entire station, including parking slots. However, last week contractor slashed the parking charges but passengers claimed that the parking charges was still higher. The contractor carrying out revamp work at the station introduced monthly pass of Rs 16,000 for four-wheelers and Rs 5,000 for the two wheelers vehicle at Habibganj parking slot.

Irked with the higher charges, passengers filed several complaints and after that Railway Board probed the matter. When railway board intervened and asked contractor to slash the price, it was reduced as Rs 995 for two wheelers and Rs 5,990 for the four-wheelers vehicles. According to passengers, before starting this station redevelopment project monthly parking charges were Rs 120 and Rs 300 for two-wheelers and four-wheelers respectively.